We head north of the border in an attempt to scoop the Placepot on Sunday...
"The first to get the nod is Robin’s Command who is clearly a horse on the upgrade..."
14:05 - We kick off with a novices' handicap hurdle over 18 furlongs and despite there only being ten runners it looks a fiercely competitive contest. The first to get the nod is Gold Futures who made the perfect handicap debut at Market Rasen last time and looks likely to be in the frame despite a 10 lb rise. The other who looks set to go well is Teo Vivo who benefitted from a drop in trip and the application of blinkers at Perth 11 days ago. The handicapper has had his say again but he looks capable of further improvement nonetheless.
14:40 - It's a novices' handicap chase under consideration next and the first to keep on side looks to be Discoverie, who shaped as if a crack at today's extended 22-furlong trip would be up his street on several occasions over the winter and represents an in-form Dianne Sayer.The other to get the nod is Winter Alchemy who showed a very game attitude in his C&D success last month and should run well again providing he is over those exertions.
15:10 - Runswick Days looks the most suitable option returned to a more suitable trip in the second division of the 14:40 which follows and thus is a sole selection; he put in another creditable effort over an inadequate trip at Hexham last time and with the emphasis now on stamina this he's expected to capitalise and be involved in the finish at the very least.
15:45 - It's the third consecutive handicap chase for novices up next and the first to get the nod is Robin's Command; he's clearly a horse on the upgrade and on the back of his enthusiastic display when brushing aside Hotgrove boy over this C&D in April he looks to have an outstanding chance to follow it up this afternoon. The other to make the cut is the hat-trick seeking Grey Life, whose flourished since turning his attention to fences and showed nothing to suggest he won't continue in similar form at Sedgefield last time.
16:20 - Lyric Street makes plenty of appeal in this novices' hurdle over an extended two miles given that he avoids a penalty for his recent success in a conditionals maiden at Sedgefield and represents last year's winning connections. The other selection is Mister Sprinsprong who looked a potentially useful prospect when he made a successful start over hurdles at Hexham earlier this month and could well defy a penalty to score again.
16:55 - We must rely on a sole selection in the final leg of today's perm, a staying handicap chase over 26 furlongs and that horse is Mandarin Sunset, who won over hurdles at Musselburgh but took a significant step up when going close here over 21 furlongs last month. The step-up in trip should be in his favour and if he can build on his most recent performance he may surprise a few.
14:05 - 1,4
14:40 - 4,8
15:10 - 6
15:45 - 1,9
16:20 - 1,9
16:55 - 2
= 16 Lines